Bipartisan Bill Aims to Attract More Teachers to Defense Communities

Association of Defense Communities


June 29, 2021

New legislation would address a teacher shortage in many military communities, a bipartisan group of lawmakers said in a joint press release.

“This bill will make sure military communities are able to attract outstanding teachers, therefore helping students thrive,” Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) said.

The Defense Community Teacher Support Act would make teachers eligible for federal student loan relief after working in a military community for five years. It would allow military spouses to work toward loan forgiveness even if they relocate for a permanent change of station order.

“We need to ensure that students who go to school in or surrounding military bases receive a quality education,” Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), co-chair of the Defense Communities Caucus, said. “These are children of parents who have risked their lives defending our country. We owe it to them to make sure that they get the support that they need.”

The most common first question among families moving to new duty locations is about the local schools, ADC Executive Director Matt Borron said.

“It’s important that schools in defense communities can recruit and retain educators who understand the unique experiences of military-connected students,” Borron said. “It is a critical part of ensuring a high quality of life for military families, which is key to continued military readiness.”

Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) are working on companion language to introduce in the Senate.

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